What forces—both internal and external—cause a mind to dangerously fray and unravel? For the groundbreaking scientists in Chilean author Benjamin Labatut’s When We Cease to Understand the World, knowledge comes at a high cost. In Brazilian writer Beatriz Bracher’s Antonio, meanwhile, social constraints and family secrets combine to doom an idealistic, wayward son to madness; and in Catalan poet Eva Baltasar’s debut novel, Permafrost, a fiercely independent woman’s search for personal freedom nearly drives her over the edge. Moderated by author and translator Adrian Nathan West.
Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Book Festival. Free but session registration is required at https://brooklynbookfestival.org/event/madness-and-society/.